REVIEW: OKORIE’S THE MEN THAT COULDN’T LOVE ME ‘TORTURES THE READER WHILE CREATIVELY EXPLORING UNREQUITED LOVE’

Okorie’s The Men That Couldn’t Love Me did a great job in torturing the reader, while creatively exploring a lover’s endless cycle of wanting despite not being wanted: imagine reading “I want you” in different languages and other words for about a thousand times.

EZENWA-OHAETO REACHED A HEIGHT OF HONESTY, PASSION AND VULNERABILITY IN ‘I BURN INCENSES BEFORE SLEEP’: A REVIEW OF EOPP 2018 WINNING POEM BY OYINDAMOLA SHOOLA

For me, in ‘I Burn Incenses before Sleep’, Ezenwa-Ohaeto reached a height of honesty, passion and vulnerability, one that flawlessly implements its didactics and has the power to affect people, things and systems that we hold on to religiously.

REVIEW: SARAH ALUKO PASSIONATELY PENNED ‘FIRSTBORN’ TO PERFECTION

TITLE: FIRSTBORN AUTHOR: SARAH ALUKO GENRE: POETRY NUMBER OF PAGES: 148 PUBLISHERS: CREATESPACE YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: 978-0995723801 REVIEWER: OYINDAMOLA SHOOLA Sarah Aluko cautiously penned her first book – Firstborn, to perfection! Reading the book, I concluded that Sarah has written with the same passion and admiration as a mother towards her first child upon birth.… Continue reading REVIEW: SARAH ALUKO PASSIONATELY PENNED ‘FIRSTBORN’ TO PERFECTION

REVIEW: IN ‘REBIRTH’ JULIANA BARES ALL HER TRUTHS FOR OTHERS TO LEARN

TITLE: REBIRTH AUTHOR: JULIANA OLAYODE GENRE: FICTION (AUTOBIOGRAPHY) NUMBER OF PAGES: 150 PUBLISHERS: THE LOVE FACTORY YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: NIL REVIEWER: OYINDAMOLA SHOOLA “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Rebirth, Juliana Olayode’s truth-filled biography, validates Maya Angelou’s… Continue reading REVIEW: IN ‘REBIRTH’ JULIANA BARES ALL HER TRUTHS FOR OTHERS TO LEARN

REVIEW: BRIGHT IGBINIGUN DISTINGUISHES HIMSELF IN ‘I MUST RETURN HOME’

TITLE: I MUST RETURN HOME AUTHOR: BRIGHT IGBINIGUN GENRE: POETRY NUMBER OF PAGES: 51 PUBLISHERS: CREATESPACE YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: NIL REVIEWER: OYINDAMOLA SHOOLA Writers bear a great responsibility to document our history and our predictions of the future. We even bear greater responsibility in penning solutions to society’s many. It is expected that, just… Continue reading REVIEW: BRIGHT IGBINIGUN DISTINGUISHES HIMSELF IN ‘I MUST RETURN HOME’

REVIEW: PAMILERIN ‘GIVES A VOICE TO STRANGE THOUGHTS’ IN MEMOIR OF CRUSHED PETALS

TITLE: MEMOIR OF CRUSHED PETALS AUTHOR: PAMILERIN JACOB GENRE: POETRY NUMBER OF PAGES: 100 PUBLISHERS: WORDS RHYMES AND RHYTHM YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2018 ISBN: 978-978-963-998-4 REVIEWER:  Oyindamola Shoola Without doubt, Pamilerin Jacob is a phenomenal writer whose words cut through many norms that have gotten too comfortable in Nigeria. He writes boldly and unapologetically with… Continue reading REVIEW: PAMILERIN ‘GIVES A VOICE TO STRANGE THOUGHTS’ IN MEMOIR OF CRUSHED PETALS

GARRI FOR BREAKFAST: SEUN LARI-WILLIAMS IS ENTIRELY “A NIGERIAN” IN HIS POETRY

TITLE: GARRI FOR BREAKFAST AUTHOR: SEUN LARI-WILLIAMS GENRE: POETRY NUMBER OF PAGES: 147 PUBLISHERS: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: NIL REVIEWER: OYINDAMOLA SHOOLA Seun Lari-Williams is entirely “a Nigerian” in his poetry. By this, I mean that, just like Tolu Akinyemi, he is very skilled in infusing sarcasm, wit, and a… Continue reading GARRI FOR BREAKFAST: SEUN LARI-WILLIAMS IS ENTIRELY “A NIGERIAN” IN HIS POETRY

DAMI SKILLFULLY CONVEYS MEANINGS IN “A WOMAN’S BODY IS A COUNTRY”

TITLE: A WOMAN’S BODY IS A COUNTRY AUTHOR: Dami Ajayi GENRE: Poetry NUMBER OF PAGES: 69 PUBLISHER: Ouida Books DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: 978-97896283919 PREVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola  Prior to reading A Woman’s Body is a Country, I had the opportunity to spend few hours with Dami Ajayi, who was at New York for a visit. I was excited to… Continue reading DAMI SKILLFULLY CONVEYS MEANINGS IN “A WOMAN’S BODY IS A COUNTRY”

REVIEW: ‘CARICATURE OF COLORS’ TRANSCENDS INTO THE HUES OF HUMANITY AND GROWTH

TITLE: Caricature of Colors GENRE: Poetry AUTHOR: Olanrewaju Oranyeli PUBLISHER: CreateSpace YEAR OF PUBLICATION: August, 2017 NUMBER OF PAGES: 136 ISBN: 978-1546444114 REVIEWER: Oyindamola Shoola “Olanrewaju has penned words that authenticate human emotions while concurrently guiding the reader to draw wisdom from experiences. With superb use of imagery, Olanrewaju kidnaps a reader’s attention from reality into his expressions.… Continue reading REVIEW: ‘CARICATURE OF COLORS’ TRANSCENDS INTO THE HUES OF HUMANITY AND GROWTH